Vijay Iyer & Wadada Leo Smith – Passages

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Passages (Vijay Iyer).

From the album A Cosmic Rhythm with Each Stroke.

Thom Jurek in his review for Allmusic says that “The instincts these players offer in these works display the duo’s mutual desire for intimate communication and spiritual trust through the medium of sound. Their uncompromising movement toward them results in a shared musical mind that speaks in a distinctive, unique emotional language”.
In The Guardian, John Fordham gave this album four stars and says that “Smith’s tone and phrasing often reflect mid-period Miles Davis, but he blends free jazz into those resources with a unique poetic focus. Long high squeals and tumbling unfold over Iyer’s humming electronics, a bright brass fanfare soars over a chordal rumble, and a lamenting muted-trumpet descent invokes Sketches of Spain. Iyer mostly functions as a discreet foil, but this intimate conversation swells from interesting to enthralling as it unfolds”. (Wikipedia)

Vijay Iyer – piano, fender rhodes, electronics
Wadada Leo Smith – trumpet

Released: March 11, 2016
Recorded: October 17-19, 2015
Studio Avatar Studios, New York
Length 1:06:13
Label: ECM 2486
Producer: Manfred Eicher